I think the only thing I'd like to add is for those who are living with HIV or newly diagnosed. Listen, I can understand you feeling shame or that other's judgments and stigma are making you feel alone and hopeless. I've been there, but I worked through it and there is hope. There is a full long life for you to live and you aren't alone. We are all in this together, and whatever your HIV status we all have a part to play in stopping the virus. Get yourself tested, take an active role in your health, get treatment, but most of all love yourself because what doesn't kill you will absolutely make you stronger.Read More
This blog is a collection of conversations, interviews, random thoughts and personal experiences.
In my heart, I know I am a good person. I love deeply, I try so hard and I care so much about those around me. Alcohol was putting a mask on my true identity, and it just pains me to know that is how some people are going to view me forever. I just want people to know that I wasn't some horrible person who didn't care about anyone or anything but themselves. I was just a girl in pain who didn't know how to deal.Read More
Lisa Ling described the struggles she had to face on her way up to becoming an extremely respected journalist, and they were all too familiar to me. She said she received incredible opportunities by men in positions of power, only for them to be retracted when she wouldn’t engage romantically with them. It did not matter that Miss Ling was one of the youngest reporters of her time, or that she would go on to become a published author with multiple documentaries and international reports under her belt. She was beautiful, and therefore was not taken seriously. Somehow, Miss Ling managed to get past all of that. If she can do it along with all the other respected women of the world, any woman can.Read More
Anyway, right before I left Sydney, Raj and I decided to hike the Blue Mountains. The train ride to get there took about an hour and a half, and I found we had a lot of time to just sit, talk and get to know each other. I didn't do much talking though, only because my story was nothing in comparison to hers. All I could do was just sit there listening intently to the struggles this woman had faced in her short life, and I was absolutely blown away. Even now, what sticks with me the most was Raj's heartbreaking story of her arranged marriage.Read More
I don't know exactly what I wanted to get out of having that conversation with Mia, but I actually feel like I can genuinely see the whole cheating thing from both sides now. Maybe I wanted to gain some perspective from someone who did the same thing my ex did, and it just confirmed everything I was already feeling. I don't hate my ex boyfriend and I don't think anyone should hate Mia. I have no idea what I would have done in her situation and until I do, I have no right to judge her.Read More